MTM Defence Lawyers > Edinburgh, Scotland > Firm Profile

MTM Defence Lawyers
Exchange Place 2
5 SEMPLE STREET
EDINBURGH
EH3 8BL
Scotland

Crime, fraud and licensing > Crime: general Tier 1

MTM Defence Lawyers receives regular referrals from commercial and family law firms across Scotland and the rest of the UK due to its broad expertise in criminal law and in domestic cases in particular. Its clients include high-net-worth individuals as well as insurance companies; recent work in this space has included fatal road traffic charges. The team has been increasingly active for unions and represented a British Transport policemen and a senior government official in serious criminal proceedings. Other areas of expertise include matters involving fraud alongside financial and regulatory crime, including public inquiries. Murray Aitken heads the Falkirk office while Martin Morrow is head of the Glasgow office.

Practice head(s):

Martin Morrow; Murray Aitken

Testimonials

‘I was extremely impressed with the individuals I interacted. Specifically, they brought to the case their intelligence, experience and more importantly their humanity. Throughout the process they made themselves available at any hours and provided all their advice from a place of care and humanity,’

‘The team is available to discuss the case and to ensure that any further expert help is secured, and to explain all this in terms that are easily understood and assimilated.’

‘Martin Morrow is a very able lawyer and court pleader; has an excellent grasp of the substantive criminal law and the rules of criminal procedure; ability to focus on the issues of a case quickly; excellent analytical skills; charismatic and completely unflappable; instils confidence.

‘I work mainly with Murray Aitken who is always well organised and well prepared. He has an excellent manner with clients, and is calm and unflappable. His knowledge is excellent, and that is of great reassurance to clients.

‘The team at MTM is excellent. They are brilliant at client care and understanding how clients feel at their involvement in criminal and regulatory proceedings.’

‘Criminal defence firm offering wider services. Very responsive to client needs. Diligent and thorough preparation of cases.’

Work highlights

  • Defended a high-net-worth individual, who was accused of four charges of assault against their partner.
  • Secured the acquittal of a client, who was facing a prosecution for allegedly having assaulted his young child, causing a very particular type of fracture.

Crime, fraud and licensing > Crime: fraud Tier 2

With an office in London alongside its offices in Edinburgh, Glasgow and Falkirk, MTM Defence Lawyers frequently acts for white-collar clients, such as solicitors and other professionals, members of senior management and companies, beyond the borders of Scotland in fraud and financial crime proceedings. Martin Morrow is the key contact in Glasgow and Murray Aitken in Falkirk.

Practice head(s):

Martin Morrow; Murray Aitken

Testimonials

‘MTM has long been recognised as one of Scotland’s foremost criminal defence firms. It has focused particularly on development of its corporate crime and regulatory defence practice in recent years and is building a strong reputation in this field.’

‘Murray Aitken’s knowledgeable, reassuring presence is an exceptional benefit to clients.

‘The team is professional, reliable and knowledgeable. They can advise on very niche issues and are capable of providing tailored advice to their clients.’

‘The team as a whole is extremely approachable and has an excellent manner with clients, putting them at ease with their calm and confident and knowledgeable approach. The team works really well together in a collaborative manner.’

Work highlights

  • Secured a sentence of an unpaid work order, as opposed to a custodial sentence, in a case involving a five-figure energy fraud case brought by Ofgem.

MTM is a leading Scottish specialist boutique criminal law firm that acts for clients across the United Kingdom and internationally. With offices in Edinburgh, London, Glasgow and Falkirk, MTM represents clients in all Scottish courts including the High Court and the Court of Appeal. MTM is the first-choice Scottish legal defence firm for referrals relating to complex international cases in Europe, the USA and around the world.  The firm is regularly instructed in cases referred by ‘magic circle’ firms in London as well as by leading Scottish commercial law firms.

The firm specialises in dealing with complex allegations, including cross-jurisdictional and historical allegations going back over decades, as well as cases involving commercial, family law and private client firms.   The firm acts for the clients of other firms that do not have a Scottish criminal law specialism and for individual lawyers themselves; it also works with local firms in other jurisdictions around the world.

MTM has built a reputation as the ‘lawyer’s lawyer’ for Scottish criminal law matters. Its extensive team includes two solicitor-advocates with a long history of successfully defending the most serious, complex and high-profile cases in Scotland.

With a strong white-collar crime focus and particular expertise in regulatory and health and safety cases, many of the firm’s cases centre on high-net-worth individuals and people with international society and business reputations that require to be safeguarded.  MTM is skilled at dealing with these types of case to keep matters out of court if possible, but, where proceedings are inevitable, MTM will assemble an experienced team to provide a strong and robust defence.  The firm is keenly aware that many clients require a highly discreet service and to avoid the glare of publicity.

As well as acting for individuals such as senior executives and professionals, MTM also acts for corporations, companies, church organisations and insurance companies.

Principal areas of work
Regulatory crime: MTM defends a wide range of clients in health and safety matters, including serious cases involving fatalities, environmental protection cases, intellectual property cases, trading standards, housing and landlord offences and education prosecutions.  The firm also act for individuals and companies in complex regulatory cases involving organisations such as the Forestry Commission.

 Criminal law: MTM deals with all statutory and common law offences, from minor charges such as breach of the peace, drug offences and theft through to the most serious cases involving murder.  The firm has long-established expertise in defending people accused of crimes in domestic cases.  Family law cases can very often lead to criminal allegations of domestic abuse, domestic assault or sexual abuse.

MTM also defends people accused of the most serious crimes in the High Court of Justiciary. Having its own solicitor-advocates means that it can offer in-house instruction – without the need to instruct expensive external counsel.

Fraud and financial crime: Over many years, MTM has built a UK-wide reputation for its ability to handle the most complex and challenging fraud and financial crime cases.

The firm’s expertise is particularly sought after for defending high-value cases involving mortgage fraud and commercial and corporate fraud – often relating to business owners, senior executives and company directors.  MTM has recently secured an acquittal in the UK’s longest running corporate fraud case.

The Legal 500 has formally recognised two of MTM’s directors as leading individuals in defending fraud cases in Scotland.

Road traffic offences: MTM acts for top corporate executives and professionals, in relation to all road traffic offences – from careless or dangerous driving, to drink driving, speeding and use of mobile phones.  MTM recognises that such offences can have profound consequences for an individual’s personal circumstances and career, and the firm works to mitigate those consequences in every case by challenging the evidence at every point.

Compliance and legal advice : The firm provides authoritative advice about what to do when an allegation of criminal conduct is made and even how to avoid potential allegations.  MTM can also advise simply about staying legal: it has have wide experience of advising clients about important or sensitive matters relating to criminal law.

Representation in discussions and negotiations with police or prosecuting authorities: MTM works from the outset to influence proceedings, making contact with the police, public prosecutors and regulatory authorities, for example: to persuade them not to bring a prosecution in the first place; or to discontinue / reduce the charges; or to impose alternatives to court prosecution.

Watching briefs and witness training: MTM can keep a watching brief for clients – in criminal case proceedings where employees or customers are accused of criminal offences and the client wishes to be kept advised of developments.

Witness familiarisation training is available for professional, expert or other witnesses who wish information and practical advice about giving evidence in criminal court proceedings.

DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
Criminal Law Neil Haynhay@mtmdefence.co.uk0131 306 0115 and 07866 734524
Criminal Law Martin Morrowmmorrow@mtmdefence.co.uk0141 206 3756 and 07989 420374
Criminal Law Neil Haynhay@mtmdefence.co.uk020 3968 6086 and 07866 734524
Criminal Law Murray Aitkenmaitken@mtmdefence.co.uk01324 633221 and 07989420264
PhotoNamePositionProfile
Murray Aitken  photo Murray Aitken Director of Legal Practice specialising in Criminal Law
Neil Hay  photo Neil Hay Director of Legal Practice specialising in Criminal Law
Simon Hutchinson  photo Simon Hutchinson Solicitor
Hazel McGuinness  photo Hazel McGuinness Associate Solicitor
Martin Morrow  photo Martin Morrow Director, MTM Defence Lawyers, Falkirk, 1993 to Present Solicitor Advocate undertaking work…
Sophie Russell  photo Sophie Russell Solicitor
Lynn Swan  photo Lynn Swan Associate Solicitor
Solicitor-Advocates : 2
Solicitors : 5
Legal support staff : 7
English

MTM is a leading Scottish specialist boutique criminal law firm that acts for clients across the United Kingdom and internationally. With offices in Edinburgh, London, Glasgow and Falkirk, MTM represents clients in all Scottish courts including the High Court and the Court of Appeal. MTM is the first-choice Scottish legal defence firm for referrals relating to complex international cases in Europe, the USA and around the world.  The firm is regularly instructed in cases referred by ‘magic circle’ firms in London as well as by leading Scottish commercial law firms.

The firm specialises in dealing with complex allegations, including cross-jurisdictional and historical allegations going back over decades, as well as cases involving commercial, family law and private client firms.   The firm acts for the clients of other firms that do not have a Scottish criminal law specialism and for individual lawyers themselves; it also works with local firms in other jurisdictions around the world.

MTM has built a reputation as the ‘lawyer’s lawyer’ for Scottish criminal law matters. Its extensive team includes two solicitor-advocates with a long history of successfully defending the most serious, complex and high-profile cases in Scotland.

With a strong white-collar crime focus and particular expertise in regulatory and health and safety cases, many of the firm’s cases centre on high-net-worth individuals and people with international society and business reputations that require to be safeguarded.  MTM is skilled at dealing with these types of case to keep matters out of court if possible, but, where proceedings are inevitable, MTM will assemble an experienced team to provide a strong and robust defence.  The firm is keenly aware that many clients require a highly discreet service and to avoid the glare of publicity.

As well as acting for individuals such as senior executives and professionals, MTM also acts for corporations, companies, church organisations and insurance companies.

Principal areas of work
Regulatory crime: MTM defends a wide range of clients in health and safety matters, including serious cases involving fatalities, environmental protection cases, intellectual property cases, trading standards, housing and landlord offences and education prosecutions.  The firm also act for individuals and companies in complex regulatory cases involving organisations such as the Forestry Commission.

 Criminal law: MTM deals with all statutory and common law offences, from minor charges such as breach of the peace, drug offences and theft through to the most serious cases involving murder.  The firm has long-established expertise in defending people accused of crimes in domestic cases.  Family law cases can very often lead to criminal allegations of domestic abuse, domestic assault or sexual abuse.

MTM also defends people accused of the most serious crimes in the High Court of Justiciary. Having its own solicitor-advocates means that it can offer in-house instruction – without the need to instruct expensive external counsel.

Fraud and financial crime: Over many years, MTM has built a UK-wide reputation for its ability to handle the most complex and challenging fraud and financial crime cases.

The firm’s expertise is particularly sought after for defending high-value cases involving mortgage fraud and commercial and corporate fraud – often relating to business owners, senior executives and company directors.  MTM has recently secured an acquittal in the UK’s longest running corporate fraud case.

The Legal 500 has formally recognised two of MTM’s directors as leading individuals in defending fraud cases in Scotland.

Road traffic offences: MTM acts for top corporate executives and professionals, in relation to all road traffic offences – from careless or dangerous driving, to drink driving, speeding and use of mobile phones.  MTM recognises that such offences can have profound consequences for an individual’s personal circumstances and career, and the firm works to mitigate those consequences in every case by challenging the evidence at every point.

Compliance and legal advice : The firm provides authoritative advice about what to do when an allegation of criminal conduct is made and even how to avoid potential allegations.  MTM can also advise simply about staying legal: it has have wide experience of advising clients about important or sensitive matters relating to criminal law.

Representation in discussions and negotiations with police or prosecuting authorities: MTM works from the outset to influence proceedings, making contact with the police, public prosecutors and regulatory authorities, for example: to persuade them not to bring a prosecution in the first place; or to discontinue / reduce the charges; or to impose alternatives to court prosecution.

Watching briefs and witness training: MTM can keep a watching brief for clients – in criminal case proceedings where employees or customers are accused of criminal offences and the client wishes to be kept advised of developments.

Witness familiarisation training is available for professional, expert or other witnesses who wish information and practical advice about giving evidence in criminal court proceedings.

DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
Criminal Law Neil Haynhay@mtmdefence.co.uk0131 306 0115 / 07866 734524
Solicitor-Advocates : 2
Solicitors : 5
Legal support staff : 7
English